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this is called part 2 because part 1 was written on my iPhone during a really boring meeting and karma kicked me in the ass and has locked up the post.  so i can’t get to it and i can’t post it.  lovely.

let me sum up:

Most Boring Knit Ever: Actually known in real life as the Tea Leaves Cardigan.  Once you get past the yoke, it’s just miles and miles of stockinette, which is a really good sedative (not good for finishing) or best accomplished in a movie theatre (sweater comes to us thanks to “How to Train Your Dragon”).  But despite the “OMG BORED NOW”, it turned out lovely and beautiful and perfect for taking up to Toronto for the Knitter’s Frolic last weekend.

I traveled up to Toronto to go hang with Glenna and sit on her sofa and watch DVDs and knit.  And yeah, we planned some yarn shopping in there for one of the days.  The weather was fairly horrid most of the weekend, rainy and windy and cold, otherwise known as the perfect weather for knitting and lazing about in coffee shops.  you see, knitters like the rain and cold because it’s the perfect excuse to sit on our butts and indulge in our favorite pasttime 🙂

And indulge i did!  The morning of the 6th, I cast on for the Whisper Cardigan.  I’m making in in Mad Tosh Prarie, a lovely single ply lace weight yarn, in a dark rose color called Isadora.  Thanks to all the sitting around and knitting, I’m done with the sleeves and the back and on track to be done with the whole sweater by this week! here’s a crappy shot of it at my desk.

which is perfect, because i need to start Glenna’s Royale Sweater.  Made of course, with some of the yarn purchased from the Frolic.

At the Frolic, I did my part to support the Southern Ontario Indy Dyers Market to the fullest extent.  There was Viola Sock purchased at the Naked Sheep, many different weights of MCN purchased from Indigodragonfly, and a whackton of yarn purchased at Tanis Fiber Arts.

this here is the Tanis Fiber Arts in Poppy that I’ll be using on my Royale sweater.  Isn’t it pretty?

I’ve got a ton of other yarn to show you, but for some reason, my camera is acting up and won’t take accurate color shots which is really annoying.  But this weekend is a 4 day weekend, so i’ll have time to investigate the issue and fix it.

Buying another camera right now is out of the question, but the reason for that will be explained in a post coming your way soon.  🙂

especially when i didn’t post AT ALL in the month of March?

well, i’ll sort of keep it.

didn’t really accomplish much this last month. some spinning which still needs to be photographed and putting some UFOs into the FO pile.

See my Leyburn Socks?  They are finally done!

Work continues slowly on my Tea Leaves Cardigan, which for some odd reason I do not have a picture on my server despite taking a picture this morning before i left the house.  It’s going slowly because I’m on the stockinette portion of the pattern and omg, it puts me to sleep.  So I tend to take it with me if I’m going to the movies since I don’t need to look at the work and I can knit it in the dark.  I’ve seen “How to Train Your Dragon” twice in the theatre (yes, i love that movie, why do you ask?), so I’m about halfway done with the torso.  I might switch to doing the sleeves; at least there are decreases to keep track of.

Watch, I’ll finish the sweater just in time for the temperature to hit the 90s for a week straight.

I’m starting on another summer dress!  It’s Gudrun Johnston’s Little Black Dress although for me, it’s being made out of KnitPicks CotLin in Planetarium.  I took this picture with my iPhone, but while it doesn’t catch the color, it at least shows the stitch pattern pretty well.

I doubt this will be done in time for the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic which is about 3 weeks away (OMGYAY!), but hey, a girl can dream! I’m heading up to Toronto for the Frolic to visit my friend GlennaC and spend some money.  But only some.  Like maybe 1 or 2 skeins. *shifty eyes on lookout for random lightning strikes*

yeah, it’s an exciting life, isn’t it.

2 weeks of Insanity

And sadly, not the fun knitting variety.

Work was, once again, crazed, and has caused all sorts of hijinks which have led to much cursing on Twitter.  The only saving grace has been the hour I run away from my desk at lunch and hide away for some solitary knitting.  It really is the second best part of my work day (number 1 being when i leave 🙂

But the real insanity has been my entry into the Knitting Olympics.  Since I’m not the world’s best team player, I decided against the RavOlympics and went on my merry way determined to finish a major project (anything requiring more than 1 skein of yarn).

I was originally going to do a waistcoat or vest, but then my conscience got the best of me and I decided what I really needed to do was finish a project that had been languishing on the wall o’ project since mid-Nov of ’09.  It was my lovely Nuss sweater, made from Berroco’s Blackstone Tweed, a wonderfully soft blend of Merino, Mohair and Angora (spun smoothly enough that i wasn’t breaking out in hives just looking at it).

And this was a possible goal for me!  When I re-started the sweater, it had been 3 months since I’d touched it, so it was almost like starting over.  So a sweater in 2 weeks was difficult, but not impossible.

Well, friends, then I did something foolish.  I signed up for a spinning course.  The spinning course was only once a week for 2 hours a class, but oh the distraction!  I didn’t want to come home and knit, I wanted to come home and spin!  And play with my batts and combed tops.

But just as Olympians before me, I pushed on through the pain and persevered!  And just an hour ago, I finished my sweater!

And then thanked God that I’m only crazy enough to do this once every 4 years.

Wanna see?

Pretty Nuss Sweater

Now, where’s my Gold medal?

but yeah, life got in the way.

January and the beginning of February have been busy knitting months.  I continue with my personal challange of knitting from my stash and have been doing quite well!

The Multnomah shawl is done and looks lovely!  the gauge was a bit tight, so its a bit shorter than i had intended, but it’s still lovely and smooshy and warm.

Next up was Shalom, using up all 6 skeins of the Malabrigo Worsted i had laying around.  Its now my second most favorite sweater (Brea still takes top prize).  Sadly, all my pictures of it pretty much suck !

That’s it for the finished, but tomorrow I hope to finish my second pair of Jaywalkers.  I’m on the gusset section of the second sock, so hopefully i’ll be done by tomorrow night.  here’s another crappy picture:

Plus some spinning: This is a Merino/Silk blend that i loved when I saw it, hated when i was spinning it, and ADORE it now that i have about 100 yards of it.  AMAZING!!

also, i really like that shot!  i’ve been playing around with  my camera and i’m finding out all of the interesting things my cheap ass point and shoot can do and it’s fantastic!!!

Anyway, there is actually a reason I need to be done with my socks by tomorrow.  More will be revealed tomorrow while I’m either working from home or bored out of my mind at work.

now i’m off to lay in bed and fall asleep without earplugs.  the snow has made the roads all nice and quiet, so as long as kitty stays calm, it’s going to be a really nice sleep tonight!

ahh, the benefits of reorganization. the joys of  finding yarns that were missing.  better yet, the euphoria of finding yarns you didn’t even know you had!

i had experienced both of those joys this weekend during phase 1 of the re-organization.  I found one skein of STR from the Rockin’ Sock Club November shipment that must have gotten put away a bit too quickly.  So that got wound up quickly and made into the Raven Swirl Socks from the club.  here one is sitting on my laptop this morning.  this is just before it went on my foot 🙂

i also pulled out my treasured skein of the Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga! that i risked life and limb for at Sock Summit ’09 (seriously, so many people crowded into the booth, it almost toppled a wall).  I really couldn’t bear to make it into socks that would be stuffed into shoes, so i decided to make a Multnomah shawl that i could snuggle up to and show to the world.  I’m 3 rows away from being done with the garter stitches and that’s since Tuesday evening, so score for the speed knitting!

not the best picture, but hey, its something!

so the plan after the shawl is to start a sweater of some sort with the 6 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted.  Since I’m going to be short on yarn with that one, I’m thinking its going to need to be a top-down construction.  I’m leaning towards Shalom since i can also add 3/4 length sleeves.

now i just need it to be lunch so i can go and knit some more.  so close to the feather and fan portion, i can almost feel it!

Before:

After Phase 1 of Project Reorganization:

Phase 1 only because i need more of those nifty little organizers.

But the change is already better.  So far, sock yarns, worsted weight yarn and DK weight yarns are now fully visible whenever i open that closet.  the front 2 organizers slide right and left, making it very easy to see what is behind them, so accessibility is not compromising storage potential.

I need a few more for cottons and a remainders bin.  then i need to sort through the “reclaimed yarn”, otherwise known as the frog pond, and get that under control, and then destash all of the extra yarn that is hanging out that i’m NEVER going to use and get it out of my house where it is just taking up space.

i’ve already identified 2 projects, 1 of which will be made of yarn i didn’t even know that i had before i started this reorganization  (4 balls of Rowan Kid Classic will be made into a capelet- very excited) and the other is a little shawl made of the Sanguine Griffin Bugga yarn that i stroke (and sometimes whisper “my precious” ).

But for now, its off to launch a website and dream of getting out of here at 5:30.  tonight is knit night, but last night was a miserable night’s sleep, so i’ll be heading home, for a spot of knitting, a spot of tea, and a sleeping pill (probably in that order).

oh, and more bins for organization.

dear new decade

please be kind…

the end of 2009 came in a bit of rush, too many personal projects languishing, replaced by Christmas knitting and an “OMG, I MUST HAVE IT NOW!” sweater that leaped out at me at my LYS.  then there were visits by friends, most notably Glenna C.  We wandered in museums (ok, she went to the Guggenheim, which thanks to vertigo problems, i have to avoid), ate A LOT of really good food, and powered through some serious projects.

Here is a Noro Striped Scarf that I started in August, got bored at 6″, and picked it up again and knit another 48″ in less than a week in December.  This scarf reminded me why i hate scarves: too long!  but totally warm and great with the cold snap we are having in NYC this month.

then there were the 2 pair of socks for friends, one who hates socks, but likes the warmth that knitted socks give her, and a pair of Vampire Boyfriend socks for another friend who is obsessed with, you guessed it, Edward of the “Twilight” series.

then my greatest opus yet, the Brea Sweater from Rowan, knit in its intended yarn of Rowan Lima.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE SWEATER EVER!!!!  yes, it deserves all caps.  while there was an initial problem with the directions, once the sweater was all sewn up, it’s squish favor combined with the perfect fit (everything is the right length) combined with the warmth has made this the best sweater i’ve ever made.  i constantly get compliments on it (even been petted a few times, which was just funny).

so i figure, if i accomplished that in the old decade, what can i accomplish in this new decade?

well, for one, i’m re-organizing the stash (god help me, the last one almost killed me).  i’ve been at it an hour, and i’ve already found 6 skeins of yarn that i didn’t know i had.  the sock yarn collection is threatening to overtake me and i have enough yarn for 6 sweaters.  the main goal is to get the yarn out of the bins (although protected, i can’t see them and forget what i have!) and get them into a system where they are totally in my face when i open the closet and thus the urge to say “oh, i have no yarn” and the subsequent buying of more yarn happens and the yarn comes home and goes into a bin and the circle continues.

oy, it makes my head spin.

maybe this is the year that i knit from my stash.  i’ll know more once i tackle that closet!

*deep breath and dives in*